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October 12, 2010 > Humane Society Silicon Valley awarded Gold LEED Certification

Humane Society Silicon Valley awarded Gold LEED Certification

Submitted By Kelly Grant

Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) has become the first Animal Community Center in the nation to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

"We achieved our Gold LEED certification by reducing our electricity demands and water consumption through a variety of conservation technologies and products while providing state-of-the-art animal care," says Carol Novello, HSSV's president, "By investing in a premium HVAC system, high quality construction practices, and low VOC products, we have greatly improved the health and well-being of our animals."

HSSV's solar system is the largest solar installation in Milpitas. Owned and operated by Tioga Energy, a provider of renewable energy services to commercial, government and non-profit institutions, the photovoltaic system went live in July this year. The 274 kW solar parking shade structure and rooftop systems are composed of 1,335 photovoltaic (PV) modules, providing an estimated 33 percent of all energy used at the facility. In fiscal year 2011, HSSV expects the solar installation will help the organization save up to $50,000 in energy costs.

The Animal Community Center was constructed using 90 percent of the concrete from the old building's foundations and incorporates a number of other energy and water efficiency technologies - efficient kennel cleansing system; heat recovery wheels in the HVAC system and artificial turf in dog parks to name a few. For more information please visit

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